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DIBRUGARH, Oct 27 - The arrest of Nabakanta Patir, an assistant engineer of the Town and Country Planning here, for corruption has brought the Assam Public Service Commission (APSC) under scanner yet again.

The engineer was caught red-handed in his rented house near the Circuit House here this morning with the Rs 10-lakh bribe money that he had allegedly taken from one Dr Ankusmita Gogoi of Amguri, Sivasagar.

A police team led by SP Gautam Borah arrested Patir when the latter was collecting the amount from the doctor.

Dr Gogoi, who is presently rendering service under the National Health Mission (NHM), told newsmen that Patir had called her over phone to offer her a job through the APSC in exchange for money.

�I wondered how he found out that I had recently appeared for the APSC exam. He collected my contact details and other personal data, too,� she said.

Police have collected ample evidence from the preliminary investigation that link to the APSC. �SMSs retrieved from Patir�s Samsung mobile have names of several candidates with roll numbers, optional subjects and other details. He may have amassed a lot of wealth, given the number of names and other details he has in his mobile. These were certainly received or forwarded to someone.

�The involvement of the APSC cannot be ruled out,� said SP Gautam Borah.

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Engineer held for graft

DIBRUGARH, Oct 27 - The arrest of Nabakanta Patir, an assistant engineer of the Town and Country Planning here, for corruption has brought the Assam Public Service Commission (APSC) under scanner yet again.

The engineer was caught red-handed in his rented house near the Circuit House here this morning with the Rs 10-lakh bribe money that he had allegedly taken from one Dr Ankusmita Gogoi of Amguri, Sivasagar.

A police team led by SP Gautam Borah arrested Patir when the latter was collecting the amount from the doctor.

Dr Gogoi, who is presently rendering service under the National Health Mission (NHM), told newsmen that Patir had called her over phone to offer her a job through the APSC in exchange for money.

�I wondered how he found out that I had recently appeared for the APSC exam. He collected my contact details and other personal data, too,� she said.

Police have collected ample evidence from the preliminary investigation that link to the APSC. �SMSs retrieved from Patir�s Samsung mobile have names of several candidates with roll numbers, optional subjects and other details. He may have amassed a lot of wealth, given the number of names and other details he has in his mobile. These were certainly received or forwarded to someone.

�The involvement of the APSC cannot be ruled out,� said SP Gautam Borah.

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